How To Have A Well Behaved Cat

 

 

In a world where you can be anything be kind.

 

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Hello, sweet friends…

Our beautiful cat Darjeeling passed away yesterday. I decided to share a post that is a happy memory…and a reminder of all the joy our furry animals bring.

In memory of Darjeeling…December 13, 2019

 

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How To Have a Well Behaved Cat

By Marcia Ren

Original post was published on WordPress

August 25, 2016

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Well I bet you were p.u.r.r.r.haps just a little surprised by today’s post title. P.u.r.r.r.haps not. I  hope you don’t expect a huge dissertation or anything.

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I’ve recently learned it’s quite simple how to have a p.u.r.r.r.fectly well behaved cat.

 

Of course you are familiar with Darjeeling our feline mademoiselle. ‘Qui???’ ‘no???’

 

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“I’m easy”….Darjeeling♡ and so you must know she is the smartest sweetest cat.

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However, a few months back it was brought to my attention she had been putting on weight.

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It must be all the easy coastal living.

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So very consciously a behavior modification was put into action.

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Administering smaller portions of food…

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and making sure that she ate only her food.

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At first she did not particularly enjoy this new gourmet regimen.

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and… often meowed long and loud to let it be known.

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like any loving form of self discipline to be effective… she it needed to be consistent.

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As time passed…she realized that this was as good as it would get.

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It appeared as if she became smarter more affectionate…and loving.

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Because of her wonderful behavior I rewarded her with small treats.

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Unbeknownst to me she also began working her new behavior on my husband.

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Who also began rewarding her new behavior with small treats. (The trick here is working as a team) After months of her supposed diet I recently took her to the vet who announced to me that she actually GAINED weight.

Darjeeling smiled…

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Marcia
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Tis The Season!

Do small things with great love” -Mother Teresa

Hello, sweet friend…

No doubt about it I’m a city girl… yet since moving from California into small town living…I’m discovering I am also… A country girl!

Heading out to an Open House & Christmas party…

The Holiday bazaar season is like a Norman Rockwell painting…come to life…

Their signs are everywhere…
I recently attended 3 Christmas bazaars…

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We all know what to expect:

You walk into a church hall festooned with decorations…

I purchased all of these mini crochet wreath pins…
These tree ornaments have been sprinkled with handmade love…

that transform a humble space into a holiday theme park.

I wish I’d purchased those pretty flowered stockings…
An adorable handmade purse…

The tables are filled with homemade baked goods, and seasonal treats; the crafters have created one-of-a-kind gifts and ornaments; knitted, crocheted and hand-sewn scarves, mittens and pet toys are offered at hard-to-beat prices…

Quilting pieces…
Knitted hats…
Several of these came home with me…one was eaten before I arrived…

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Holiday bazaars do more than just put shoppers in the spirit of the season…

If I were still teaching…I would have purchased this for my classroom in a heartbeat…

They bring people together. Visitors run into neighbors and out-of-towners they may not have seen since last year. It’s like the mythical village of Brigadoon, which comes to life annually for one day of the weekend and melts away again until the following year.

Handmade soaps…
Precious earrings…

I’m now hooked on visiting and patronizing holiday bazaars the money I leave behind…and the gifts I purchased are part and parcel of a small town holiday experience at its best.

Scarves that stretch into shawl…
Adorbs…
Cute display booth
Beautifully hand painted gift bags
Love all the colors

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Ceramic jewelry
Miniature dishes for a doll house…
one quick stop to watch the tree lighting…
Arriving home just as the lights go on…

Marcia
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A Christmas Cottage Tour 2019

You’re never too old to believe in Christmas magic🎄

Warm greetings, sweet friend…🎄

A Christmas cottage…

Welcome to the holiday season!

In my last post http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/vacationing-part-three-a-vintage-christmas-open-house/

I promised a tour…

The first tree of Christmas!!!
This top hat is so cute!
Oh my goodness I must have both!
I’ll take it!
A few purchases for our new home…
Preparing to decorate the banister…

As you can imagine I’m so excited this year…

My first banister ever…
White whimsy tree in the upstairs sitting room…

To share a glimpse of how I’ve been decorating…🎄

Warmth of the season…
A small tree in the bedroom…
The guestroom…twinkling lights!

This cottage was made for Christmas…🎅🏻

Family room tree…
Black & white checkered bows…

To be merry…

bright…

Filled with joy…

and topped with delight…

Preparing for first holiday dinner in our new home…
Peeking in from the outside…
Christmas 2019💕
Marcia
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Vacationing…Part Three…A Vintage Christmas Open House🎄

Christmas is too sparkly…said no one ever.


🎄Hello, sweet friend…🎄

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving Day 2019

http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/vacationing-part-one-the-historic-mission-inn-hotel-riverside-california/I’ve been so excited to share this part of my California vacation with you…

I’ve put together highlights from a Christmas Open House I attended while I was vacationing in California. The shop is called Vintique Alley and located in Riverside, California.

My sassy window shopping girlfriend
The line to get in went ALL the way around the building…

I love the simplicity…
Sparkle!!!
My sassy friend loves the tinsel…

Amazing booths…


What’s Christmas without a dash of red…
So many lovely vintage pieces…
Trouble 1 and Trouble 2 having a fun time…
The spaces look so inviting…
I want to make this!
A huge window mirror…
A touch of soul…

Now just in case you need a bit of tree inspiration…

Here are a few more photos from another Open House I was lucky to visit during my vacation…Mozarts Home Decor located in Redlands, California.

A touch of California with little lemon ornaments…

One more thing…here are a few ideas for appetizers if you are hosting a gathering…

Next week…a peek inside my sweet Christmas cottage🎄

🎄Happy December!🎄

Marcia
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November


Life is only as good as the people you get to share it with” -Darren Criss

Hello, sweet friend…🍂

Bend, Oregon…November 2019

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It’s the little things that make me happy…

the order I put into my corner of the universe…

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Joe and I preparing soup…

this is where I experience the most joy.


That being said…much of this month has been spent away from home…

visiting family and friends in California and Central Oregon.

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It took a bit of planning…

a conscious decision & willingness to take the time for others

traveling to visit those very important people in my life…

This past week discussing the 2020 Garden Tour…

It’s often so easy for me to get caught up in my own life…

that I often forget the importance of going the extra mile (literally)

Now with Thanksgiving…

just around the corner…

I’m experiencing a deeper gratitude in my heart…

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for all November has brought me…

and now I feel much more at home…

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There are many recipes for bean soup that are delicious. Here is one that Joe and I made earlier in the week on a cold Fall day. I think you’ll enjoy it.

13 Bean Soup Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups 13 bean soup mix

one cup onion chopped

one 15 ounce can tomato sauce or 1 quart tomatoes

1 tablespoon chili powder

two cloves garlic

1 teaspoon dried cilantro

1 teaspoon dried parsley

2 1/2 quarts vegetable or chicken stock (you can also use water)

If you have a slow cooker all you need to do is put all these ingredients into it and then cook on low 6 to 8 hours. (high four to eight) I used a cast iron pot & slow cooked for about 4.

Directions

Rinse beans and then soak overnight add water to cover. In the morning drain and rinse the beans. Combine the beans with 2 1/4 cups of broth (or water & ham hock) Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are soft. (3 to 4 hours) Add onions, tomato sauce or tomatoes and seasonings. Simmer for 30 minutes. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

*For an interesting variation Joe & I added apple sage vegan sausage & carrots.

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See you next week for…

A California Vintage Christmas tour at my favorite shop

Sparkle trees!!!
Marcia
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